Monday, 3 August 2015

Me & Mine July

I am so so so late this month, apologies!

I love the end of July because that means it's August and I love August. It's my favourite month of Summer, well technically Autumn but we won't get into that. Everything is a lot calmer than it was in July.
We have had a busy July, usually I say how fast the months go but this month went quite slow. We were busy doing mostly boring stuff like working.
We had one night out with friends and a day trip to the beach which Luke loved. He had so much fun and has been asking to go back since.
July always means my parents are off work for 2 weeks so I get to see them a bit more and Luke gets lot's of quality time with them. It's also their birthdays a day after each other at the end of the month so we had cake and little birthday tea to celebrate.
We managed to have big clear out in my parents during the last week. They hired a skip and unsurprisingly we all filled it! It's was good to find old memories from my childhood and reminisce, also great to finally get rid of some clutter.
The dog has been driving us mad, he keeps jumping the fence from one side of the garden to the other and digging up my plants, he's managed to kill off 2 of them and then went at my lavender plants last night, I was not impressed!
Luke is absolutely flying it with the chitter chatter, we are having full blown conversations now and he comes out with the funniest of things, our funniest bit to date was:
Me heading out to work: "Bye Lukey love you"
Luke, sitting on the chair legs crossed eating a yoghurt: "Bye Mam text me!"
Honestly he cracks me up! He always talks to the dog as well which is very cute to listen to.

I love our photo's this month, they are selfies that are totally grainy and not great quality taken on the iPhone but they are very us, how we are most of the time.

Here we are in July:

This month Luke loves:

  • Building sandcastles
  • Getting his feet wet in the sea
  • Eating cake
This month Dad loves:
  • A trip to the cinema with his eldest
  • His new tattoo
  • Dvd night
This month Mum loves:
  • Night out with friends
  • Cheese and Onion crisps!
  • Finally getting a chance to sit down and read

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Chicken and Pasta Soup

I needed a dish that was going to filling, quick and easy to make with enough to do at least 3 lunches for me at work and a dinner or 2 for the boy child.
This Chicken and Pasta soup is ideal for all of the above and it made exactly what I needed.
It's a yummy, syn free and filling meal, perfect for keeping me going until dinner time and for filling up the boy child before bed.

Here goes:

2x Chicken Breasts
1x Large Potato
Frozen Veg - I was out of fresh veg so threw in a few handfuls of frozen carrots, brocolli and cauliflower
1 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp Mixed Herbs
2 tsp Onion Powder (Regular readers will know I hate onions and avoid where possible, but you could add an actual onion here instead)
1 litre chicken stock (2 stock cubes)
Salt and pepper
Pasta of your choice - amount depends on how much you want to fill out your soup, I cooked whatever I had left in a packet of farfelle


  • I started by boiling my 2 chicken breasts on a rolling boil for about 20 mins until cooked through. I find boiling the chicken for things like this rather than frying keeps the meat far more moist and tender
  • Once cooked I shredded the chicken into pieces
  • I diced my potato and added it to a saucepan along with my chicken, frozen veg, garlic, onion, herbs, salt, pepper and stock
  • Bring to the boil and then simmer for about an hour
  • I then cooked up the pasta and added it to the soup
So quick and simple and lunch is sorted for the next 3 days. That is my kind of cooking :)

Weigh In Wednesday #2

It's been a rough couple of weeks, hectic and all over the place, meal planning and proper eating hasn't been high on my list of priorities. 
There's been a night out involving lots of Southern Comfort and red lemonade. 
There's been nights recently where the boy child has been a divil to get to sleep, sometimes taking an hour by which time I'm too tired to cook and a take away has been ordered.
There's been a work lunch involving lots of cake for afters.
There was a family dinner involving lot of cake for afters...again.
There's been numerous bags, big bags, of Kettle crisps devoured...they are just so yummy I could eat the cheese and onion ones all day long!

You get the picture, I well and truly fell off the wagon. 
My energy levels were down, my skin broke out a bit and I haven't been sleeping great as a result of the junk food.

This weeks weigh in - Up 1 pound 

To be honest I'm surprised I'm not up a stone! However I can't let this allow me to think I can cheat here and there and not put up much weight. I need to get back on the wagon and stay on it. I need to refocus back to where I was last year when I managed to drop a stone in 6 weeks purely through proper meal planning and keeping track of what I was eating.

I've started the day with my lemon water and last night I cooked up a batch of delicious Slimming World Friendly chicken and pasta soup for my lunch for the rest of the week. (I'll post the recipe later) and I've dinner pre cooked so I only have to warm it up this evening, just in case it's a long night with the boy child again.

It really is a question of being prepared in order to keep me on track.

I have begun doing some light exercises in the evening which I quite enjoy. I do mixture of squats, lunges, push ups, sit ups and a couple of other ones I need to get the names of! It generally takes me about 12 - 15 minutes. I time it to one program of my abs belt while I'm wearing it. I wear that for 36 minute about 4 days a week and I really have noticed a difference in my abdominal area, it's way more tight and it's on its way to being flatter. My problem area is the little pouch type thing I'm left with since having a c-section 2 years ago. If anyone has any suggestions on toning that area up do let me know!

So there we have it for this week. It's head down and focus for me for the next week and I sincerely hope to see a loss on those scales next week.

How have you been getting on with your weight loss journey?

Friday, 24 July 2015

Dipping Toes & Sandcastles

We had a well earned family afternoon out this past weekend, with work taking over during the Summer months, it can be a couple of weeks before myself and the OH have a day off together, even longer having a day off together and nice weather!
This Saturday it was sunny, dry, warm and a bit windy, it was perfect for a trip to the beach.

We took off to our usual spot, Garryvoe in East Cork for a walk along the beach. We actually went there around the same time last year, you can read about it and see our pictures here. There was a huge difference in how Luke took to it compared to last year. This time we brought his bucket and spade and he was all business going about his digging. He couldn't wait to kick off his shoes and get his feet wet...this turned into getting wet up to his thighs so lucky for him I packed a change of clothes!

We headed off over to the play area next to the beach where he was climbing on everything, last year he cautiously held on to my hand while he went down the slide, this year he ran off and flew down it by himself.

Of course an ice cream was in order after that, so we sat on the same rock as we did last year, this time he didn't look so small while sitting on it.

We ended our day by heading out to my parents house with some delicious chips from a local chipper and had our dinner with them.
I couldn't think of any better way to have spent my Saturday.

In a time when our life is so hectic these family days out are so treasured, I'm hoping we get to squeeze in a few more of these kind of days before the Summer is over.

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Lean On Me

It's been a rough week, a sad week where I have had to witness a good friend suffer a loss that no mother should ever have to experience.

I've cried tears of sadness for my friend as she had to say goodbye to her little angel.

I've cried tears of heartbreak as I watch my friend attempt to try and come to terms with her loss, somehow, some way, hoping that maybe this isn't real at all. A bad dream she could maybe wake up from.

I've cried tears of frustration because right now I know that no matter what I say, in this moment in time none of it is going to help.

I've cried tears of confusion as to why when things seemed to be looking up and why did they then, all of a sudden, come crashing down?

I've cried tears of anger at the unfairness of this whole situation, questioning everything I believe in.

I've never had to witness someone close to me suffer such a sadness and such immense heartbreak and honestly it's knocked me for six.
I wake up with an ache in my heart for my friend and I am hoping and praying to what I believe in that every day a little bit of her pain can be eased. That she can get some sense of understanding of the situation and allow this to comfort her.
It's very early days and there's a long road ahead before things may begin to look bright again but I will do what I can to help her, whether she needs me physically by her side or just knowing I'm there from a distance.
That's the kind of friendship we have, we don't talk everyday, sometimes it could be a couple of months because life gets in our way but we don't let it get in the way of our bond. Anytime we need each other, we are both there ready and waiting, to lend an ear to listen, a glass of wine to sip and laughs to be given and I will be storing up all my laughs for her, so that when she's ready to smile and laugh again I will be ready too.

For now though I am here with open arms ready to hug her, a strong shoulder for her to cry on and all the reassurance I can muster so that I can  reassure her that in time things will be ok again.